Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has raised the alarm that armed bandits have taken over forests in the state.
The governor made the disclosure at the Defence Headquarters, where he met with the service chiefs.
Mr Ganduje said the bandits are grouping in Falgore forest, even as the state government is working hard to open up the forests.
Although he assured of the commitment of his administration and the security agencies to sustain the relative peace in the state, the governor, while meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, pleaded with the Nigerian Army to hasten work training depot at the Falgore forest so that the military can take over the forest.
The governor, however, attributed the prevailing peace in the state to the cordial relationship between the government and security agencies.
“My visit here today is to condole with the Nigerian Army over the death of the former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other officers,” Ganduje said.
“It was painful, it was untimely and sorrowful but we are consoled that they died in active service to the nation. I am also here to seek the help of the Nigerian Army to sustain the peace in Kano State, bandits have converted some forests in the state into hideouts.
“We are building houses, schools and hospitals for the herdsmen in some of the forests but we want the Army to commence activities at the Falgore forest.”
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, promised to visit Falgore and see ways work can resume on Army facilities in the forest.
He said that the Nigerian Army, in synergy with sister services and other security agencies, is committed to defeating security challenges across the country.